00  BC Lymphedema Association

2017 BOARD OF DIRECTORS



CHRISTINE CHANDLER - President

Christine emigrated from England in 1965 and worked as a Home Economics teacher in Squamish, Burnaby & North Vancouver for 25 years.  After completing her Masters in Counselling, she worked as an area counsellor in the elementary school system for a further 10 years.


After retirement in Jun/77, she moved to Sechelt on the Sunshine Coast, where she currently Chairs a 32-unit strata corporation in Sechelt and is serving her second (6 yr. term) on the Board of the Sunshine Coast Community Services Society.  Previously she volunteered for the Board of Whistler Vacation Club and was involved in refurbishment and renovations of club properties.


In 1993, with no explainable cause, Christine developed primary lymphedema in her right arm.  For the first 20 years she had very limited direction in how to manage the condition and suffered a number of cellulitis infections.  In 2013, after pursuing further medical assistance, she finally met Dr. Weiss and Fatima Inglis at Holy Family Hospital through whom she learned how to manage the condition to reduce the risk of further infections.  Her motivation in supporting the BC Lymphedema Association is to help others learn about resources and supports available to manage their condition.


Christine answers the information line calls for BCLA.



JANINE LEITCH - Secretary


Janine was born and raised in Vancouver and received her Bachelor of Education from UBC in 1978.  She has been a primary grade teacher in the Delta School District ever since, while raising her three daughters. She enjoys travelling, walking, hiking, cycling, swimming and spending time with her family. Janine has been a member of the BCLA since 2009. In the past, she has enjoyed “giving back” by volunteering at VGH by making one-to-one visits to patients on a weekly basis.


Janine developed lymphedema in her left leg due to vascular tumor removal surgery in 1998.  She was not informed about this chronic condition as little was known about it in the medical community at that time.  Luckily, she met her MLD therapist who has helped her deal with and educate her about lymphedema.  Janine knows it is a challenge to live with, both physically and mentally, but she has learned that you can still enjoy life even with lymphedema.  It just takes effort and support. Janine is always on the lookout for new treatments and therapies to help reduce her lymphedema.  She is an advocate of a healthy lifestyle and a goal for her is to promote awareness and an understanding of lymphedema both in the general public and the medical community.



BEV MATHIESON - Treasurer


Bev Mathieson recently retired from her position as a public health nurse with the Vancouver Island Health Authority. She received her nursing degree from UBC in 1977 and moved to Vancouver Island where she has lived ever since. She spent over 35 years working to promote health in the community of the Cowichan Valley and specialized as a lactation consultant for 20 years. 


She is devoted to riding horses and tending her garden and enjoys travelling to exotic locations (particularly ones with lovely gardens). Past volunteer work includes positions with the Cowichan District Riding Club and the Quennell Lake Pony Club.


In 2002, Bev developed severe lymphedema in her right arm following cancer surgery.  With the help of compression sleeves, regular visits to her MLD therapist and consultation with Dr Rockson at Stanford, Bev has been managing the condition and staying active and enjoying life.  


She hopes to bring her personal experience of lymphedema and her knowledge of healthcare to further the objectives of the BC Lymphedema Association and encourage lymphedema patients to live a full and active life.



AMBER PITMAN



LILA REYNOLDS


Lila owns a home-based service oriented business assisting seniors, and individuals with long-term disabilities, as well as those who have been temporarily disabled by surgery or injury.  Her background is in administration at the municipal government level. Lila has extensive experience serving on a number of Boards including the Elizabeth Fry Society, Friends of the Library, and the Prince George Alcohol & Drug Services Society. She is actively involved in her community volunteering with the Prince George & District Child Development Centre, the Regional District of Fraser Fort George Community Counseling Committee, Ladies of the Royal Purple, and the Prince George Friends of the Library.


Diagnosed with breast cancer in 1988, she underwent a radical mastectomy and was warned about lymphedema at that time. Not understanding what that word meant, only recognizing that it did not sound like “cancer” - sadly, she did not pay much heed to the warning.  In 2014, she began to suffer the symptoms of secondary lymphedema in her left arm and hand, but was not properly diagnosed until 2015. Since that time, she has faithfully followed a program of lymph drainage massage therapy with a properly trained physiotherapist and the use of compression sleeves. Learning to live with lymphedema has been a huge challenge both physically and emotionally.


Lila’s interest to serve on the Board is prompted by wanting to exert whatever influence may be placed on the clothing industry to recognize the plight of lymphedema patients and to encourage that industry to take our particular issues into consideration.  She is also keen to influence government policy regarding proper medical coverage for patients of lymphedema, many of whom have no financial aid whatsoever; while others are fortunate enough to have limited private financial aid through extended health plans, etc. This financial burden can be lifted for all; we just have to make it happen.



SHARLA WALKEY


Sharla is a sales professional with 15 year’s experience in the corporate world, including sales management, sales enablement, channel management, business-to-business sales, new business development, marketing and project management.


She is passionate about people and has diverse volunteer experience, which includes coaching sports, reading to children, and sitting on the Board of the UVIC Business Students' Society.


While in university, Sharla was diagnosed with a rare form of cancer and, as a result, she has lived with lymphedema in one leg following surgery and radiation treatment in 2000.  Sharla is determined to advocate for more standardized treatment across Canada and looks forward to being a voice for such a good cause.


In her spare time, Sharla skis, plays volleyball, ultimate Frisbee, tennis, squash and is an avid reader.


Sharla splits her time between Vancouver and Gibsons on the Sunshine Coast.



DR. ELLIOTT WEISS


BC LYMPHEDEMA ASSOCIATION (BCLA)

PO Box 34527, Pemberton Plaza PO, North Vancouver, BC  V7P1T0

1-866-991-BCLA (2252)

info@bclymph.org

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